Training offered for doctors to perform scarless surgery

Local doctors are using natural channels of the human to perform obstetric surgery, which leaves no scarring.
Ti Gong / Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital

Dr Sun Jing, vice president of Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, demonstrates NOTES surgery during a training session for doctors in districts of Pudong and Jing'an.

Local doctors are using natural channels of the human body to perform obstetric surgery because it leaves no scars.

The technique, called natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, or NOTES, is conducted using an endoscope passing through a natural orifice such as the navel, urethra or anus, and then through an internal incision in the stomach, vagina, bladder or colon to perform the operation, avoiding any external incisions or scars on the body.

Compared with traditional minimally invasive surgeries which require three to four holes in the body, local leading hospitals started to perform NOTES in order to leave less or no scarring on patients' bodies.

“Patients have higher demands in both the quality of surgery and the traces of scars, which are expected to be smaller and even invisible,” said Dr Sun Jing, vice president of Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, which is the first to conduct NOTES surgery in the city. “In addition, smaller scars or scarless wounds can greatly reduce patients’ pain and allow them to experience quicker recovery.”

Since this type of surgery places more demand on doctors during surgery, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital have launched training for doctors in districts of Pudong and Jing’an at its NOTES medical simulation center.

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